AS9100:2016/AS9100D Aerospace Certification | NQA

Standard for organizations that design, develop, or provide aviation, space, and defense products and services including parts, components and assemblies.


Prepared by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), with representatives from aviation, space, and defense companies in the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe, AS9100:2016/AS9100D standardizes quality management system requirements. It can be used at all levels of the supply chain by organizations around the world, to improved quality, cost, and delivery performance.

This is accomplished through the reduction or elimination of organization-unique requirements, effective implementation of the quality management system, and wider application of good practices.


While primarily developed for the aviation, space, and defense industry, this standard can also be used in other industry sectors when a quality management system with additional requirements over an ISO 9001:2015 system is needed. This standard includes all ISO 9001:2015 quality management system requirements along with additional aviation, space, and defense industry requirements and definitions.


All of the AS9100 series of standards underwent significant change in late 2016. Though a number of those changes were necessitated by a change in the base standard, ISO 9001:2015, many of the aviation, space and defense industry requirements were also modified and enhanced. Following the structure of ISO 9001:2015, AS9100:2016 includes requirements specific to:

  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Improvement

Within these sections of the AS9100:2016 standard, new requirements above and beyond those specified in the previous revision AS9100C address:
Risk Based Thinking - The concept of risk has always been implicit in ISO 9001 but AS9100:2016 makes it more explicit and builds it into the whole management system. It ensures that risk is considered from the beginning and throughout and makes “prevention” part of strategic and operational planning.
Clause 6.1 - Is related to risks in the quality management system such as new customers, new market, company partnerships, business localizations etc. Unlike clause 6.1, operational risk in 8.1.1 is applicable to the risks within the operational processes needed for the provision of products and services such as contract review and signature, new technologies introduction, external providers selection etc.
Concept of Change - Provides a framework which evolves to enable organizations to adapt to their changing environments or circumstances. The benefits of a robust process to control change is that business continuity is maintained and potential consequences of change are appropriately considered.
Organizational Knowledge - Knowledge specific to the organization is gained by experience and conveyed through lessons, identification of experts and the implementation of succession planning.  AS9100:2016 can help you safeguard the organization from loss of knowledge, (e.g., through staff turnover; failure to capture and share information) and encourages your organization to acquire (e.g., learning from experience, benchmarking) and share knowledge (e.g. mentoring of newcomers).
Product Safety - Including requirements to address product safety considerations throughout the product lifecycle.
Counterfeit Parts Prevention - Provides requirements to mitigate the effects of the growing threat of counterfeit / fraudulent product while recognizing the emerging counterfeit/fraudulent statutory/regulatory requirements on AQMS processes.
Awareness - AS9100:2016 now requires employees to be aware of their contribution to product or service conformity, to product safety and the importance of ethical behaviour.
Human Factors - Requires the consideration of human factors in the root cause analysis for nonconformities. To do that you must understand the interactions between people, machines and each other and their impact on human performance. Human factors could include physical fitness, physiological characteristics, personality, stress and fatigue to name just a few.
Obsolescence - In the planning and design processes, you must consider the consequences of product obsolescence.


Application for registration is made by completing the Aerospace Quote Request Form. This provides information about your organization so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.

Assessment to AS9100D is undertaken by NQA - this consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit.
Certification is issued by NQA and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit. Initial Certification Audit (conducted in accordance with AS9101).

For further information on the audit stages click here.


The Standard - Obtain a copy of the AS9100D standard and the supporting standard AS9101 (Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Organizations) from SAE. These standards provide the detailed requirements that your management system must comply with. 
Gap Analysis - We can undertake a gap analysis in accordance with AS9100D to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing a quality management system that will achieve AS certification. You can use this to plan implementation or brief a consultant.
Consultancy - We don't provide consultancy but we can help you choose a reputable consultant from the NQA Associate Consultant Register.
Get a Quote - We'll give you a clear indication of the costs of gaining and maintaining certification to AS9100D, contact our sales team directly or complete a Quick Quote form online here.


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